(`AKRUTI Tech Plus’)
Offered by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
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BRIEF HISTORY

Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in the year 2007 has launched DAE-Societal Initiative for utilization of Non-Power Applications (NPAs) and Spin-off technologies in the area of water, agriculture, food processing and agri-land improvement through urban and rural waste management. Within this frame work, the structured program called “AKRUTI-KRUTIK-FORCE” has been formulated by BARC, Trombay, Mumbai. Initially, it was implemented through technically oriented NGOs for techno-economic growth of the rural sector, as one of the many schemes experimented for large scale deployment of BARC technologies - 4th Key Driver of Major programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and Vision of DAE for social outreach and awareness. Since the initiation of this programme, it is popularly known as AKRUTI programme. AKRUTI is an acronym for Advanced Knowledge and RUral Technology Implementation initiative. Under this programme, several AKRUTI MoUs were signed. Three AKRUTI nodes were set up in Maharashtra state and made operational with funding by GoM and as a follow up, some more nodes were set up in self-financed mode by other NGOs in other states. AKRUTI nodes through NGOs have demonstrated the usefulness of BARC technologies for rural sector leading to societal benefit. Further, it has demonstrated that technically oriented HR in rural sector is capable to deploy technologies for their use under the guidance of BARC scientists and engineers. This programme has potential to encourage village techno-preneurship based on BARC technologies.